Artwork created by students to educate and empower others about the dangers of human trafficking is the highlight of a family event Saturday on Sanibel.
Through Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships' ARTREACH program, Lee County children have created more than 80 large paintings, which will be on display at the Community House during the Art 4 Freedom Family Event.
The artists were 7 to 18 years old during the program, and all have created powerful messages warning and educating kids to avoid trafficking.
Saturday's event, taking place from 5 to 7 p.m., is family-friendly and parents are invited to bring their kids to learn about this important issue that affects children and families in this area. Informational materials and experts will be available to answer questions.
Along with the art, there will other educational and fun activities for kids.
Young actors from the Cypress Lake Center for the Arts will be performing scenes from their play, "Selling Innocence," and Mastersingers' students will be performing anti-slavery songs from the 19th to the 21st century.
Performances will take place on the half-hour.
There will also be a silent auction and free refreshments and a cash bar provided by Traders Restaurant. The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, The Community Association and Traders are the sponsors of this event in support of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships' youth human trafficking prevention programs.
The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. Kids are free and a suggested entry donation for adults is $10.
HTAP is organizing ARTREACH programs throughout the county this summer. Find out how your child could participate.
For more information, call 239-415-2635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the artwork online, visit HTAP's website: humantraffickingawareness.org, programs page.
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